Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Work starts on SH1 repairs on Northland’s Brynderwyn Hills


21 July 2014 | NZ Transport Agency – Northland

Work starts on SH1 repairs on Northland’s Brynderwyn Hills

The NZ Transport Agency will make a decision late Tuesday afternoon on whether it is safe or not to re-open State Highway 1 on the Brynderwyn Hills in Northland.

The main road transport link between Northland and Auckland was closed yesterday (Sunday) because of an underslip on the southern side of the Brynderwyns after heavy weekend rain. The underslip is affecting about 20 metres of the northbound lane, and there is an 8 metre drop to the ground below.

“We had originally thought we would have to keep the highway closed until the end of the week, but it may now be possible to re-open the highway tomorrow afternoon to light vehicles only,” says the Transport Agency’s Regional State Highways Manager, Jacqui Hori-Hoult.

“We started excavations on the site today to assess the stability of the hill, and we’re pretty happy with what we have seen. Repairs might be easier than we had originally thought. However, we do need to wait another day to be absolutely sure that it is safe to have traffic using this section of SH1 again.

Ms Hori-Hoult says if experts give the all clear, one lane will be re-opened to motorcycles, cars and light commercial vehicles only. Traffic management will be in place to control north and south bound traffic, and the speed will be reduced temporarily to 30 kph.

“The critical period will be tonight and tomorrow. We can understand people wanting the highway re-opened as quickly as possible, but if we don’t get that all clear the road remains closed.”

Ms Hori-Hoult says because of the location and size of the underslip, it will still be too risky to re-open the Brynderwyns to heavy vehicles until the Transport Agency has completed full repairs.

In the meantime, there are two alternative routes available for all traffic travelling between Northland and Auckland. People driving north are advised to use SH12 and the Paparoa-Oakleigh Road. Those heading south can travel through Waiapu and Mangawhai. The detours will add between 30 and 40 minutes to travel times.

“These are rural roads, not state highways, and we urge drivers to take care for the safety of themselves and the communities they are driving through. Please reduce your speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front in case to you have to stop suddenly,” says Ms Hori-Hoult. ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news